A memory card with a detailed video of a Russian military installation is said to have fallen into the hands of the Ukrainian forces last month, causing yet another frightening situation for Moscow.
According to reports, Ukrainian forces obtained a memory card from a Russian surveillance drone that contained crucial information. Russian soldiers had allegedly used that drone to take a tour of their military installation in the southern Ukrainian region of Mykolaiv.
The video, currently in the hands of Ukrainian operatives, has provided defensive troops with new information about the arrangement of Moscow’s forces, leaving Russia’s army exposed to well-planned strategic counterattacks.
The Russians lost a drone with a memory card that contained a tour of their base in Mykolaiv region. RIP pic.twitter.com/Vq9UsZwHo5
— Paul Jawin (@PaulJawin) August 19, 2022
A segment of the obtained drone footage has been shared on social media. The video depicts a drone hovering over areas of what appears to be a Russian military installation, which includes several armored vehicles and many structures that resemble warehouses.
The large white “Z” emblem boldly emblazoned across the side of the military equipment makes it simple to recognize that it belongs to Moscow’s army. The letter “Z” represents Russia’s “special military operation” in Ukraine.
On August 19, the Strategic Communications Division of the Ukrainian Armed Forces also confirmed the news on Telegram. The positioning of military hardware and even a few troops’ faces can be seen in the footage, in addition to the Russian Armed Forces’ defensive positions.
“Thanks, you’ve blown your cover once again,” the Ukrainian military commented on the released footage. The captured surveillance drone is equipped with a high-tech camera that captures high-quality images and can be operated remotely by soldiers on the ground.
Since drones are frequently employed to monitor enemy territory and examine potential military targets from above, it is thought that the Russian soldiers operating the drone were getting acquainted with the equipment.
The Situation In The Mykolaiv region
Mykolaiv has grown into a garrison town that serves as a defensive line around Odesa and a launchpad for an assault on Kherson, 60 kilometers to the southeast. Despite being regularly shelled, there has been a noticeable uptick recently, with one night alone reporting more than 40 shells.
The Mykolaiv region, where the video was recorded, has come under intensifying assault from Russian soldiers over the past week as Moscow tries to expand its foothold in Ukraine’s south.
Oleksiy Senkevych, the mayor of Mykolaiv, said that a wave of shelling slammed the city on Thursday night, causing at least one documented death and numerous injuries.
According to the regional government in Mykolaiv, the city’s river port was assaulted by S-300 missiles. Three missile strikes also severely damaged the Petro Mohyla Black Sea University.
In the past, Ukraine has asserted that the Russian bombardment has damaged several infrastructure facilities, including a motel, a sports complex, schools, and petrol stations. Damage was also done to residential buildings.
Russian forces demolished two of Mykolaiv’s leading universities in July. Moscow launched ten missiles at Admiral Makarov National Shipbuilding University and Sukhomlynskyi Mykolaiv National University.
The Kremlin depends on obsolete, poorly maintained Soviet weaponry as it loses modern military hardware. In contrast, Ukraine has benefited from military assistance from nations that are members of NATO. Such assistance also includes drones from friendly nations.
The United States and other Western allies have provided hundreds of drones, including an unspecified number of Switchblade 600 “kamikaze” drones with tank-piercing warheads.
They can travel at a top speed of 70 mph and use artificial intelligence to track targets. They have a limited operating range and a maximum altitude of about 40 minutes.
Meanwhile, Kyiv is moving in the right direction by using drones. Ukrainian forces are using quadcopters that properly drop grenades to take out expensive Russian tanks, as previously reported by the EurAsian Times.
Even so, the latest event again highlights the mistakes that Russian soldiers continue to make, giving Ukrainian forces the chance to plan a successful counterattack.